Tinley joined the Department of Music in January 2009 and has worked within the University having recently celebrated 15 years of service in Spring 2017. She has been involved in the arts since middle school where she discovered poetry and in high school she studied arts and crafts; there she developed a love for ceramics and painting. She went on to complete her B.F.A. in Ceramics at Wayne State University and she just recently completed the M.A. in Community Counseling.